Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
The President and CEO, Digital Bridge Institute (DBI), Prof. Mohammed Ajiya, has re-echoed call for improved financial support to women and minority traders in Nigeria.
Prof. Ajiya made the call during a roundtable discussion on improving digital inclusion of women and minority groups at a high-level Fintech and Financial Inclusion event.
According to him, there is need for increased infrastructure and tools for easy access to digital penetration and broadband.
He noted that such access upgrades the skills of women and the minority traders who, he said, are likely players for the improvement of digital inclusion in Nigeria.
Professor Lawrence Ezemonye, Vice Chancellor Igbinedion University Okada, Dr patience Ozor and Dr Alison Lui from the Liverpool John Moores University, at the event, presented a campfire session, titled: ‘Enhancing access to digital financial payment services for women and Minority groups in urban-rural areas of Nigeria.’
Their report stated that 36.8% of the Nigerian adult population is financially excluded even as their survey in 2021 revealed that 600 women and minority members of urban-rural region in South-South Nigeria seek support in financial and digital literacy.
Being another form of campaign to increase financial and digital literacy for Nigerians, the event aimed at providing financial literacy support to women and minority traders in Nigeria who are major players in the informal sector of the Nigerian economy.
It was graced by different Financial Sectors and Digital Telecom Industry including the Federal Ministry for Finance, Budget & National Planning, Federal Ministry of Woman Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and representatives from diverse banks in Nigeria.